Boysetsfire frontman Nathan Gray is also an Americana-tinged solo artist, and in December he released a new album as Nathan Gray & the Iron Roses called Rebel Songs (order yours from End Hits Records). “It is wildly more vulnerable and nerve wracking to sing these lyrics as opposed to screaming them,” Nathan says of the project. “There’s no place to hide the words. It’s no longer range induced. It is a very exposed feeling, but it is exactly what I needed, and what my music needed – to be stripped back down to its core, and put a focus on the message itself.”
The album was produced by Brian McTernan, and includes a song featuring Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath, it’s got a similar punk-goes-folk vibe to solo artists like Hot Water Music’s Chuck Ragan and AVAIL’s Tim Barry. Like both of them, Nathan knows to make real-deal folk music, but he’s still got a little of his usual punk grit intact. If you haven’t heard the album, it’s very worth changing that and you can stream it in full below.